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Colombia is Bleeding 

Nellie McKay is having trouble getting her new album, Pretty Little Head, released, apparently due to the content of artistic differences with the record label. The 
best song on the album, and one that is particularly mentioned in this regard, is "Columbia is Bleeding", her vicious portrayal of college life while students are 
oblivious to the animal torture oo/no on around them . 

However, it seems like the song might really be more appropriate for a different Colombia . Here, then, are those lyrics. . . 

another day begins 

you check the news 

ah-sass-ih-nay-she-uns 

here come the footstep of the man who'll end your life 

the rifle's is fitted in 

and there you are 

the shot is targeted 

then a scream 

hold your placard up / cold and coffee cup 

after go to a bar 

hand your flier out / must admire 

how dedicated you are 

i don't wanna know if biz is boomin' 

or the goods you make are on sale 

i don't wanna know 'bout your "saintly glow" or your "noble" show 

or if you think you ought to bail 

Chris Hogan / she had to run 

last night'd been a lot of fun 

but now it's french / a little tense 

she hadn't done the reading 

there she sat / hoped to pass 

didn't think to face the fact 

that oh by gosh o lack o lass 

Colombia is bleeding 

walkin' down / off the bus 

Vicky Lucas crossed campus was 

thinkin' how she's made it now 

that successful feeling 

walked by fast / hoped to pass no clue 'bout the shirt she has 

and while she's sittin' in lit class 

Colombia is bleeding 

the union is in town 
and there they are 
the forces come on down 
then a scream 

everybody knows protesters are those 

schmoes who don't have a life 

see these businessmen seeking profit and 

have to suffer such strife 

i don't wanna know if the world is flat 

or you can't check your email 

i don't wanna know if your cell won't work or that guy's a jerk 

or if you think you ought to bail 

generalize, proselytize, verbs were spillin' out their sides 

as Charles Eise buys his supplies gets ready for a meeting 

tried for track / hit the mat 

didn't think to face the fact 

that while he's thinkin' "man, that's wack!" 

Colombia is bleeding 

quite a snob he didn't tip 

nice guy Rob watched the eclipse 

and looked around / "i've made it now 

i'm just so glad to be here" 

made a pass / got hand slapped 

didn't think to face the fact 

that while he's mackin' on that ass 

Colombia is bleeding 



the catholic religion 
decides to help the poor 
while we rename the school in 
which we train the men and 
then a scream 

they're just criminals / make good worker cells 

pushing drugs and disease 

empire's pretty fun / we got power, son 

we can do as we please 

i don't wanna know 'bout your drug war claims 

or how it's gonna fail 

i don't wanna know if you need to show you're a real madman 

or you think you're gonna bail 

hail! 

Tee-Tee Green / pressed mezzanine 

ended up beside the team 

and gave a cheer / got some beers 

with friends who started drinkin' 

back with Zach said "i look fat" 

didn't think to face the fact 

that while she's under self-attack 

Colombia is bleeding 

Rodney J. began to pray 

his momma lost her life that day 

had been a year / it wasn't clear 

if he was safe or screamin' 

as he jabbed the bible flap 

he didn't think to face the beast 

of profiteering that killed the priest 

Colombia is bleeding 

this is america 

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January 4, 2006